Category Archives: reptiles

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have another contribution from Karen Bartelt; her notes are indented: Finishing up my Big Bend photos with some non-avian fauna.  [JAC: earlier installments here, here, and here.] First, a couple of mammals. Javelina, aka collared peccary (Tayassu tajacu).  We saw a herd of about 15 of these near the RV park. Gray fox  (Urocyon cinereoargenteus). This […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Send in those photos, folks: this is an Official Plea™ from Professor Ceiling Cat (Emeritus). Today we have two batches of photos; the first is by reader Gregory Zoinerowich, an professor of entomology at Kansas State University. His notes are indented: I  had been out experimenting with a new camera, so attached are some photos […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have turtles today—turtles all the way down! Reader Joe Dickinson sent photos and descriptions on May 24: I missed World Turtle Day [May 23].  Here is what I should have sent. First, some slider turtles (Trachemys scripta) from near Charleston, SC, where they are native and from Santa Cruz, CA, where they are invasive.  […]

A python swallows a deer

The title alone is your trigger warning.  This is another wonderful segment of Attenborough’s BBC Earth series, a show I’m sorry I missed. The deer capturing-and swallowing segment begins at 4:00. I know snakes can swallow prey wider than themselves, but this is unbelievable. Note how the snake pushes its windpipe out of its mouth, […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

First, Stephen Barnard reports that all eleven gadwall ducklings (Anas strepera) are still alive (yay!!); he sent some information and a photo for proof: Like mallards, gadwalls are dabbling ducks. The ducklings don’t dabble. You’ve seen that with your mallards. The ducklings spend their feeding time foraging for insects (I believe) on the alga mats that are all […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Up first we have four photos from reader Will from Morris, Illinois, showing Nature red in scale and fang. His notes are indented: Yet another reason for me to like fishing:  I get out and see things like this.  While fishing the Fox River near Yorkville, Illinois, I came upon a northern water snake (Nerodia […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have a potpourri of photos; the first comes from reader Tim Anderson in Australia, who does astronomical photos: This is a picture of the Jewel Box (NGC 4755), a “small” open star cluster located very close to the Southern Cross. It contains about one hundred stars. The Jewel Box was first described by […]

Readers’ wildlife photos and video

We have a photo and a video today. First, Tara Tanaka (flickr site here, vimeo site here) sent a video of a giant American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) who lives on her property. It’s positively primeval—and scary! Her notes on “Mr. Biggun” (be sure to watch the video on the site and in full screen; click […]

Spot the snake!

Matthew Cobb keeps an eye out for cases of “spot the. . ” mimicry, and here’s one: One of the most stunning snakes of the world is the Peringuey's adder (Bitis peringueyi) and luckily enough today I saw one once again! pic.twitter.com/fDlT2tvLLS — Emanuele Biggi (@EmanueleBiggi) June 7, 2017 I love the scientific name: “Bitis […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Joe Dickinson sent some photos from California: Most of the following photos were taken at the base of Morro Rock, a prominent feature at Morro Bay that anchors a very long sandbar, providing excellent wildlife habitat. This rather chubby California ground squirrel (Citellus beecheyi) was expertly working tourists visiting the rock. A whimbrel (Numenius […]